Hockey's Military Stories

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Now’s the time for a spring clean of your kitchen cupboards to find a new home for that old club mug or beer glass that you keep just in case or maybe for ‘old time's sake’. Well, The Hockey Museum can offer this club memento pride of place as we build up our collection of hockey club and festival mugs and beer glasses.

Maybe it was a ‘one off’ for a particular match or a special year in the club’s history or was it just the standard club mug that’s been around for years and years; we’re interested in them all and the history that goes with them. Was this the mug that you drank from after you scored that memorable hattrick to win the league in 1987, or maybe it’s one of a limited edition made for a special dinner or even if it’s one of hundreds that your club has been trying to give away for years. Every mug has a story.

Our collection is already growing (see images) but we must be able to get into the hundreds rather than dozens. We plan to put on a display at the Investec London Cup at the new Olympic Legacy venue at Eaton Manor 9-13 July, so don’t let your club miss out. Dig those mugs out and get in touch with us or send to The Hockey Museum, c/o Mercian Sports Co. Ltd., 151-152 Maybury Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 5LJ.

Katie Dodd



Hockey's Military Stories: An Introduction

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India's First International Match: Indian Army Team Tour to New Zealand, 1926

India's First International Match: Indian Army Team Tour to New Zealand, 1926

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Lt Campbell: The First Hockey Player To Die In WW1

Lt Campbell: The First Hockey Player To Die In WW1

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Hockey Heroism At The Only Major Sea Battle Of WW1

Hockey Heroism At The Only Major Sea Battle Of WW1

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Lieutenant Eric Walter Poyntz Westmacott RN

Lieutenant Eric Walter Poyntz Westmacott RN

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